Gary Lacombe recall, Gonzales, Louisiana (2013)

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An effort to recall Gary Lacombe, a first-term councilman, from his position on the city council of Gonzales, Louisiana, was launched in April 2013. Supporters of the recall circulated petitions in order to qualify the recall question for the ballot. However, they were not able to collect enough valid signatures, so the recall did not go to a vote.[1][2]


The recall effort was led by the "Recall Gary Lacombe Committee." The catalyst for recall was Lacombe's March 18 vote against re-zoning a portion of the Edenborne traditional neighborhood development in Gonzales so Emerson Process Management could locate its regional headquarters there. Claston Bernard, who unsuccessfully sought a seat on the council in November and is the co-chairman of the recall committee, challenged Lacombe's vote against a major economic development project for the city. The city council eventually voted to re-zone the property and extend to Emerson Process Management a special-use permit.[1][3]

Path to the ballot

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Recall supporters filed a recall petition with the Louisiana Secretary of State on April 11, 2013. The recall group had until October 8, 2013, to gather 2,147 certified signatures. The were unsuccessful in collecting the required number of signatures.[1][2]

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